REDDING, Calif. – The Good News Rescue Mission was hit with several cases of coronavirus.
The Rescue Mission says several of its staff, volunteers, and people in their program caught Covid-19. With several cases, the shelter is facing of a shortage of volunteers for some of its services, like its kitchen.
For Francesca Hill and Richard Matteson, who are homeless, they spend their nights at the Rescue Mission. The news of staff and volunteers out because of coronavirus leaves them feeling uncertain.
“This pandemic is no joke,” said Francesca Hill.
“We're kind of feeling neglected because we're still there and we get sick and we're susceptible,” said Richard Matteson.
“It's just really rough, and I really feel for the people in the Mission, the staff, and all the volunteers. They're having a hard time.”
Homeless advocate Chris Solberg says, more needs to be done to help the homeless population during this pandemic.
“One thing we need is multiple shelters here, not just one shelter here,” said Solberg “What we need to do during this pandemic, my thought, is to take them down to the fairgrounds.”
“Like at one of the great big halls where they will be spread out.”
Outside of the administrative office of the Good News Rescue Mission, a note is posted out front. Letting people know that their office is closed until further notice because of Covid-19.
The Rescue Mission says it works with Shasta Community Health to do regular testing. Even setting up isolation and quarantine rooms in its facility.
“We’re requiring people to wear masks and doing our best to socially distance as much as possible for people,” said Justin Wandro, the Director of Development at the Good News Rescue Mission.
“Having extra hand washing stations, doing lots of sanitizations in between people coming for meals.”
Both Hill and Matteson tell Action News Now that they feel the shelter is doing what they can.
“I have to say, the mission is trying their hardest,” said Matteson.
“They are they don't have to be doing this but they are,” said Hill.
The Good News Rescue Mission also works with the county on project Roomkey. The shelter says that has helped thin out the number of people at the Rescue Mission.
Shasta County Public Health says it is investigating about 20 congregate living settings with cases. But public health declined to tell Action News Now if the Rescue Mission is one of those settings, citing privacy.